Functional Medicine is the biological approach to identifying and addressing the root cause of disease and optimizing health and healing. FM is an individualized approach to disease reversal utilizing nutritional science, genomics, and epigenetics. One underlying cause can contribute to many different conditions. For example, inflammation may cause fatigue, weight loss resistance, hormone imbalances, trouble sleeping, depression, and/or poor digestion.
Your genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors all influence your long-term health and chronic disease.
If you present to your primary care doctor with a concerns of fatigue, stress, weight loss inability, digestive or heart health concerns, you are looking for a solution. Primary care doctors will refer you out to a specialist.
For digestive concerns, you may be referred to a gastroenterologist where tests are ordered to see if there is anything wrong. When the pathology report comes back fine (as the anatomy is not compromised), you will likely be told that everything is fine and there may be an investigation of the diagnosis “IBS” or irritable bowel syndrome. The doctor will suggested ‘lifestyle modifications’ and prescribe medications. What do you do next?
Another example, if have a history of high cholesterol and higher than average blood pressure, you are referred to a cardiologist. The cardiologist will look through your history, order some additional testing as needed, and provide you with medications to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The cardiologist will likely suggest ‘lifestyle modifications’ and many patients start searching for help on the internet. What do you do next?
A Functional Medicine doctor will look for markers of digestive function, gut biochemistry, and gut microbiology. The FM doctor will look at the root cause of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. While a typical patient is unsure how to heal after addressing concerns with a conventional medicine doctor, the FM physician will help guide you through the reversal of dis-ease through protocols that are designed to find the underlying root cause and heal the whole body.
Functional Medicine is the medicine of ‘why’: Why are you sick? Why are you tired all the time? Why are you having a hard time losing weight? Why are you stressed? Why do you have blood-sugar imbalances? Let us help you answer these questions!
We are here to guide you along your healing journey to optimize your personal wellness goals.
Many conditions and concerns stem from bodily imbalances and nutritional deficiencies that require correction in order to begin the healing process. We create a personalized plan to accelerate your healing process.
Yes we can! If this is an avenue you are seeking, we can get records from other healthcare providers to help you achieve your healthcare goals with communication and a planning.
Interested in starting your first functional medicine consultation with our physician? Or do you have more questions? Contact us
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